Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Elizabeth City
“Dash at the Enemy”
—Burnside Expedition —
On February 10, Rowan steamed upriver with a fleet that included USS Ceres and Commodore Perry. Lynch discovered that the Cobb’s Point artilleryists had fled and asked Capt. William H. Parker of CSS Beaufort to man the guns. After firing a volley, Parker discovered to his dismay that cannons had been placed so they could not swivel upstream; after the Federal ships passed by, the guns were useless. He spiked them and withdrew.
Rowan ordered his vessels to “Dash at the enemy.” They shelled Cobb’s Point, then soon sank or disabled the Mosquito Fleet. Commodore Perry rammed and sank Seabird. Ceres
“The Burnside expedition, it did not end in smoke. It captured Elizabeth City, and the isle of Roanoke.” - Unidentified U.S. soldier
“It was one of the best conceived and best executed battles of the war….It was just such a scene as naval officers delight in.” – U.S. Adm. David D. Porter
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Location. 36° 17.831′ N, 76° 13.074′ W. Marker is in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in Pasquotank County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Water Street and East Ehringhaus Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 S Water St, Elizabeth City NC 27909, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pasquotank River (here, next to this marker); A Town Divided (a few steps Wright Brothers in the Albemarle (a few steps from this marker); Joseph C. Price (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. C. B. Ehringhaus (about 400 feet away); Culpepper’s Rebellion (about 400 feet away); Soybean Processing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elizabeth City Confederate Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabeth City.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a sketch of the "CSS Seabird"
On the right are portraits of "Commander Stephen C. Rowan" and "Commodore William F. Lynch"
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.